Broadcasting Place big hit with young people
The distinctive building on Woodhouse Lane, which is home to our Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, was recognised at the Leeds Architecture Awards as part of a special category to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the awards.
The young people on the panel, alongside the main judging panel, selected a shortlist of buildings or projects which they feel reflects places and spaces which have made the most positive contribution to their city over the past 25 years, including previous award winners, for which Broadcasting Place was awarded a special commendation.
As part of the judging process, the young people aged between 10 and 18 visited the schemes, including the top of Broadcasting Place.
Aurelia Kamanga, 17, from Chapeltown in Leeds, said: "I really enjoyed going out to visit the buildings, learning about their histories and how each building had special features that made them unique from each other. Scoring some of the buildings was very difficult because they were really different and hard to compare.
"It made me realise that Leeds is always changing and modernising and how much thought is put into how the buildings are built. It's good that the architects that work all over the city get recognition for the work they are doing."
The overall winners were:
- Best New Building, sponsored by Muse - first direct Arena, Claypit Lane
- Best Altered Building, sponsored by Citu - Tower Works, Globe Road
- Best Conserved Building, sponsored by Leeds College of Building - The Granary, Crag House Farm, Crag Hill, Cookridge
- Best Landscape and Public Realm, sponsored by Leeds Metropolitan University - University of Leeds Sustainable Garden, University Square
- Young People's Award, sponsored by Pinnacle Leeds - Trinity Leeds, Briggate / Boar Lane / Albion Street / Commercial Street
- 25th Anniversary Outstanding Contribution, sponsored by Arup - Victoria Quarter, Briggate
- Broadcasting Place was named best tall building in the world in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.